Media Watch – Feb 5

By on 05/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Dunlop decided to leave Birmingham ‘months ago’ (widespread coverage) The leader of Birmingham City Council has accused tyre maker Dunlop of reaching a decision to close its Erdington factory “months ago”. Sir Albert Bore said the firm had been “less than transparent” about its intentions despite the council’s efforts to find an alternative site.

Council tenants are hit by double charge on rents (Birmingham Mail) More than a thousand Birmingham council tenants were charged twice on their rent last month as a result of a computer error.

Inner-city community libraries face closure due to new £187 million Library of Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) The Ladywood district committee is currently consulting over the closure of three of its six community libraries - Aston, Bloomsbury and Spring Hill.

Next Lord Mayor of Birmingham pledges support to city’s charities and young people (Birmingham Mail) Bordesley Green councillor Shafique Shah selected to take over as First Citizen in June.

Town register office shuts as council makes savings (Sutton Observer) Sutton Coldfield Registration Outstation, presently based in the Sutton Coldfield Library building, will close permanently from January 30, 2014.

Town council working group set to meet for first time (Sutton Observer) The working group set up to consider whether Sutton Coldfield will have its own council is set to meet for the first time.

New deal is struck to increase city recycling (Sutton Observer) Everyday waste items that would normally go in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington householders’ bins can now be recycled thanks to a new agreement with the council’s contractor.

Advice on how to compost waste after cuts (Sutton Observer) Top tips for residents on how to compost garden waste will be shared in Sutton. As part of a series of roadshow events organised by Birmingham City Council, green-fingered advice will be on offer at the Tesco New Oscott store, in Princess Alice Drive, on Friday, February 14, between 10am and 3pm.

Regional Headlines

Man’s fatal head injuries ‘mystery’
Head injuries suffered by a man found in a Birmingham street are a “mystery”, police say.

Data reveals England’s fattest areas
West Midlands is ‘second fattest’ region in England, according to new government figures.

National Headlines

Storms leave thousands without power
Thousands of homes remain without power after strong winds and rain hit south-west England and Wales.

Lib Dems ‘would stop 45p tax cut’
Senior Lib Dem Treasury minister Danny Alexander says any cuts to the top rate of tax before the 2015 election would happen “over my dead body”.

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